New Hampshire does not have the same reputation for seafood as Massachusetts or Maine, but it does have an ocean side –mind, only 13 miles (about 20 Km) long- and you can expect much of the cod, fried clams, lobster and oyster than the rest of New England. Lobster rolls are a big deal. Other New Hampshire favorites include wild blueberries, fresh produce, home-baked breads and muffins, Necco wafers and pies of all sorts.
If you hear talk of a red flannel hash, it doesn’t refer to your nightwear but to one tasty New Hampshire dish made with leftover corned beef and vegetables, red beets between them.
New Hampshire Foods
With plenty of cows sprinkled over the New Hampshire fields, it does not take much to work out milk is the states most important farm product. New Hampshire also produces maple syrup -very much like its neighbor, Vermont. Maple candy is a big thing.
Potatoes and apples top New Hampshire crops. Potatoes made it to New Hampshire in 1719, brought by Scotch-Irish immigrants. They planted those potatoes and harvested them on time to see them through their first winter –at that time, potatoes were considered food fit only for animals, not humans- and within a few years, potatoes had become an important crop in the colony.
…and food events
Mount Washington Valley Chocolate festival, North Conway, February.
Though not a food festival, there is Motorcycle Week in Lake Winnipesaukee in June. Bikers congregate around and climb Mount Washington in June, you find plenty of small food events around, between the cold beer and whisky.
Recipes from New Hampshire
Porsthmouth is full of interesting things. We loved the Strawbery Banke Museum with its old houses and working craftsmen demonstrating their trade... We spent hours watching the cooper work.
Hike around Mount Washington, the Lost River gorge, paddle at lake Winnipesaukee.
Don't forget this is where you can find Stonyfield Yogurt.
State animal: White tailed deer
State bird: Purple Finch
State insect: Ladybug
State tree: White birchState Flower: Purple lilac
New Hampshire granite was used to build the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The state motto is "Live Free or Die." You will see it in their license plates.
The Old Man in the Mountain. It does look like a face, despite having lost some of its stone.
New Hampshire formed its own independent republic in 1776, before the declaration of independence was signed.